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    I hope everybody will keep this thread on Alex Smith rather than comparing him to someone else. Please?

    So how did our new QB do?

    Seems to me he did pretty much what he was supposed to. We scored TDs when we got in the Red Zone. We didn't give the football away. He threw for two touchdowns. Completed just shy of 62% of his passes. He threw no interceptions. He didn't lose any fumbles. He wasn't terribly exciting. But when all is said and done, we won a game we should have. And that alone is a BIG improvement. I certainly don't see him carrying us to a Superbowl by himself, but with the right team around him he certainly won't stop us.

    All in all I feel the same way about him that I have from the start.....cautiously optimistic and without a doubt a BIG improvement.

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    I am glad we have a QB with the ability to outrun some linesmen. Matt Cassell was so so that no one had to worry about him being a running threat. Dagnabit, there I go making a comparison. Whoops! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcclusterfan1982 View Post
    I am glad we have a QB with the ability to outrun some linesmen. Matt Cassell was so so that no one had to worry about him being a running threat. Dagnabit, there I go making a comparison. Whoops! :)
    No worries! I think everybody knows what I meant about not making comparisons and it had nothing to do with MC.

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    Overall, Alex did good, not great, but good.

    The biggest thing is he was able to keep up with his Red Zone efficiency, as he was the best Red Zone QB in football last year -- so that's the key -- get the ball into the Red Zone more often.

    And Alex is not a turnover machine like we've seen from past Chiefs QB's and they haven't had a sturdy veteran commander at QB since Trent Green.

    Not only that, having Smith on board is going to give them time to develop their QBOTF in Tyler Bray.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brdempsey69 View Post
    Overall, Alex did good, not great, but good.

    The biggest thing is he was able to keep up with his Red Zone efficiency, as he was the best Red Zone QB in football last year -- so that's the key -- get the ball into the Red Zone more often.

    And Alex is not a turnover machine like we've seen from past Chiefs QB's and they haven't had a sturdy veteran commander at QB since Trent Green.

    Not only that, having Smith on board is going to give them time to develop their QBOTF in Tyler Bray.
    You have hit the nail on the head with the part I marked in bold.

    Get the ball in the Red Zone! Then get TDs most of the time when you do. This has been one of our weaknesses for longer than I can remember. For way to many years the Chiefs have been the kings of the field goal. It's great to have an accurate and powerful kicker and he will save your bacon many times, but in a perfect world your kicker shouldn't be scoring a lot of points 'cause almost all he should be doing is kicking PATs.

    Alex Smith may not be Superman, but if when he gets inside the enemy 20 yard line he becomes like a shark that smells blood in the water then we will be talking about him for a long long time.

    On Bray....He certainly has a ways to go, but I think he may become one of the best decisions of the Reid/Dorsey era.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ctchiefsfan View Post
    You have hit the nail on the head with the part I marked in bold.

    Get the ball in the Red Zone! Then get TDs most of the time when you do. This has been one of our weaknesses for longer than I can remember. For way to many years the Chiefs have been the kings of the field goal. It's great to have an accurate and powerful kicker and he will save your bacon many times, but in a perfect world your kicker shouldn't be scoring a lot of points 'cause almost all he should be doing is kicking PATs.

    Alex Smith may not be Superman, but if when he gets inside the enemy 20 yard line he becomes like a shark that smells blood in the water then we will be talking about him for a long long time.

    On Bray....He certainly has a ways to go, but I think he may become one of the best decisions of the Reid/Dorsey era.
    Truth be told, when I heard about the trade for Alex Smith, I had to think it through for a while ( unlike so many Chiefs fans who wrote him off before thinking it through ) and came to the conclusion that he was indeed the best option for them heading into this season. Daniel made sense as a backup & then they jumped all over Bray when he was undrafted & now as time has gone on, it's highly doubtful that Dorsey/Reid could have addressed the Chiefs QB any better than what they did.

    If the O-Line in front of Smith continues to progress & become one of the NFL's better units, then Smith will stay upright & most likely give them a QB similar to Rich Gannon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brdempsey69 View Post
    Truth be told, when I heard about the trade for Alex Smith, I had to think it through for a while ( unlike so many Chiefs fans who wrote him off before thinking it through ) and came to the conclusion that he was indeed the best option for them heading into this season. Daniel made sense as a backup & then they jumped all over Bray when he was undrafted & now as time has gone on, it's highly doubtful that Dorsey/Reid could have addressed the Chiefs QB any better than what they did.

    If the O-Line in front of Smith continues to progress & become one of the NFL's better units, then Smith will stay upright & most likely give them a QB similar to Rich Gannon.
    EXACTLY SO!!! Smith will never be the best QB in the NFL, but I think he was the very best QB we could get for our needs THIS YEAR. And I think getting Bray as a UFA may have been the best thing that happened to us this year.

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    In developing Tyler Bray, hopefully he picks up the ball control and game management from Alex Smith with that whip of an arm he should develope quite nicely! Smith is SMART with that football and doesn't force things. Dallas will be a tougher opponent, he might be forced to force some throws but I think everyone will agree with me on this...when we were losing our offense and defense both got very interesting. Smith was throwing downfield plays were happening, why when we are up by 3 touchdowns do we need to try to embarrass our opponent and possibly make mistakes that can ultimately cost us the game that we pretty much have in the bag? IT'S ABOUT BEING SMART AND NOT GREEDY ENJOY THE WIN!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Justin5772002 View Post
    In developing Tyler Bray, hopefully he picks up the ball control and game management from Alex Smith with that whip of an arm he should develope quite nicely! Smith is SMART with that football and doesn't force things. Dallas will be a tougher opponent, he might be forced to force some throws but I think everyone will agree with me on this...when we were losing our offense and defense both got very interesting. Smith was throwing downfield plays were happening, why when we are up by 3 touchdowns do we need to try to embarrass our opponent and possibly make mistakes that can ultimately cost us the game that we pretty much have in the bag? IT'S ABOUT BEING SMART AND NOT GREEDY ENJOY THE WIN!
    I'd have felt better if early in the second half we had put together one 60-80 yard drive to drive a stake through their hearts, but if Reid was pulling his punches so as not to give Dallas next week and the rest of the league a look at everything he has up his sleeve then I am OK with that. I just didn't feel that the game was "in the bag" until Hali's pick-6.

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    For the 1st game of his career with the Chiefs and on the road I would say he did quite well, not quite 7 TD's well, but well enough. His numbers were very good, he moved the pocket with his feet, he seemed to be slightly off with his receivers at times but I think that was more first game jitters and the lead may have been intimidating.

    His efficiency rating, passing accuracy and all other things show great potential towards the season through this game. We'll hit a three hundred yard game sooner or later, 4 TD passes, who knows, we got a W and there wasn't very much to rain on that IMO. :)

    They kept the defense off the field, do that some more this year and they will reward the offense greatly.
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